Sunday, August 24, 2008

Are State Government policies causing the break up of families?

Connecticut has come up with a task force to study the problems. I have my own ideas. I was talking with Bill Mulready today about what can be done. Here is a [video] I did with Bill.
-Steven G. Erickson

[video] with John Dibiase, Jr.

[video] with Chris Kennedy

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Lawmakers To Study Fatherlessness

by Christine Stuart | June 26, 2008 4:46 PM
Posted to State Capitol

Christine Stuart photo

Christine Stuart photo

Sen. Gary LeBeau of East Hartford

For the past two years, Sen. Gary LeBeau, D-East Hartford, has been trying to get bill through the legislature that would create a task force to study the impact of children growing up without fathers. The bill passed the state Senate, but never came up for a vote in the House.

Speaker of the House James Amann, D-Milford, said Thursday that he formed a 12-member task force to look at the issue without legislation or funding to support it. He said the task force will give the legislature a clear picture of how to address this “serious problem.”

Rep. Bruce Morris, D-Norwalk, said the task force will be looking at if there are state policies contributing to the problem of fatherlessness and, if are there policies the legislature can implement to solve this problem.

“Virtually every social problem that we face is exacerbated, if not caused, by this epidemic of fatherlessness,” LeBeau said.

Rep. Faith McMahon, D-Windsor, said over 70 percent of all males incarcerated in Connecticut did not have a relationship with their father. Sen. Ed Meyer, D-Guilford, said there’s also a statistic that says children with fathers in prison have a 70 percent greater chance of committing a crime themselves.

The task force will meet between now and December to solicit comments and information from the public, experts, agencies, and others on the causes of a fathers absence.

Rep. Ken Green, D-Hartford, said the task force will even look to see if the financial burden of the state’s attempt to collect child support from fathers is limiting the involvement of the father in a child’s life.

The above from the CT New Junkie [found here]

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An email I received today from Bill Mulready:

CT Legislative Task Forse on Fatherlessness. Well planned and teamed up is and will get us alot.‏
From: Bill Mulready (
Sent: Fri 8/22/08 8:03 PM
To: Chris Kennedy Kennedy (; John DiBiase (; Ken K (; Steve Erickson (
Cc: John Dibiase (
Hi all! This is just a opinion from observation of two Task Forse meetings. I think we can really be heard and make a differance and be a major help and give understandable info that can be acted on by the Legislative Commitee between now and January when the Task Forse is to present it's report. To do that we need to present a some what profesional and FULLY respectful imiage and message. We each have areas that differ enough yet fall under the same umbrella and in the same colors of this issue.
The Commitee wants numbers and facts. What specificly is wrong, especially with which present laws. And of course 'don't bring me problems, bring me solutions. John left me a paper I think from Florada addressing doing away with custody and focasing on parenting plan for both parent involvement. What other states may have simular, or like that vote in Mass on shared parenting.
The Commitee is curently hearing of "wham bam" types of fatherlessness. Girls useing the system and or having a baby just to have the babies attention. No family structure or role models, kind of inbreeding itself.
If we use that to shock and shame the State by comparing the number of "Court Distroyed Families", the number of fathers who want to be fully involved but have been issolated, seperated, segrigated from their children by the Courts, by certain laws or inturpretation of "broad base Judiciary Discretionary Inturpretation of the Law".
Those of you who add contacts, please count the number, seperate those who may be on another list to double check. Ask for testamonials in their words that we can submit or present. If we can get confirmed commitment from a large number of these individuals we can try to get our own hearing date. Maybe if we can get a large number of Childless Fathers to attend each sesion peasefully it will help to give us recognition.
We definatly need to put our individual aggendas in writing and present this together at the appropreate time.
The Committee is inviting the Judges to address the committee. We need to be prepared, and our use of scatter gun targeting issues rather than blind folded use of a scatter gun.
I welcome your input and suggest we make time and put our heads and resorces together.
Thank you

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Official Connecticut's "War on Fathers" may have picked on the wrong guy, a cop. He tells me quite a bit in videos [posted here]

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[click here] for my expanded thoughts on the matter


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this state we have a serious problem with DCF, Family Relations, and Judges whom side all the time with the mothers no matter what. We have judges in this state that refuse to uphold automatic orders of the court during the divorce proceedings,we have Family Relations officers that fabricate evidence cover up mothers willful contempt of orders, and there is no legislation that treats fathers equally, they hide nder the phrase best interests of the children. This state has tore the hearts out of fathers just because they were born men, it is as though men have been relegated to being just walking ATM machines and sperm banks, there is no respect what so ever for religious convictions,or even if the father raised the children, during the marriages and were stay at hoe dads, they still lose the children. There needs to be action not talk now !!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008 7:54:00 PM  

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